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Cork City Gaol Heritage Centre
Cork City, Co. Cork
Family friendly
Rainy days
Paid car parking
Experience bygone days in Cork, both inside and outside prison walls, and also discover the impact radio has had since its invention at the Cork City Gaol Heritage Centre. Located within earshot of the famous Bells of Shandon.

One of Cork City's leading tourist attractions, located a stroll away from Cork city centre and the famous Shandon church bells.

Step back in time to see what 19th and early 20th century life was like in Cork, both inside and outside prison walls. The exhibition shows amazing life-like figures, furnished cells and sound effects that allow the visitor to experience the day-to-day life of prisoners and gaolers.

Situated in the former Governor’s House, the Radio Museum Experience incorporates the restored 6CK Radio Broadcasting Studio. The experience is complemented by an audio-visual presentation on Marconi, particularly his Irish connections, and a wonderfully nostalgic collection of artefacts from the early days of radio, including the RTE Collection (Ireland's national radio and television station).

Why we like it
  • The life-like figures, furnished cells and sound effects immerse you in the day to day life of the prisoners.
  • Located in walking distance from Cork City.
  • Houses the Radio Museum Experience with artefacts from the early days of radio in Ireland.
Tips from locals

The walk to the Gaol from the city is 35 to 40 minutes, however the reward of the stunning views along the way make the journey a very pleasant one.

Contact details
Convent Ave, Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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